Everything water, from mill to fortress

Cycling in Aalsmeer, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 179624

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3517 116
59.2 km
03:28 h
1043 kcal
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Nieuwkoop is located in the polder and is a peat bog area that arose from the 16th century. It occupies a small part of the Nieuwkoopse Plassen nature reserve. The lakes are widely used for recreation on the water, with a large marina nearby, you will especially see cabin boats in this area. The water is quite pure and has strong vegetation. Water gentian and water lily, but also water hemlock floats and fields of crab warbler are no exception. A great diversity of wetland birds lives in and around the banks and the meadows. The increasingly rare black tern, but also the great and lesser reed warbler and the mustache like to breed here. Fish eaters such as the purple heron and the cormorant survive on what the puddles have to offer. The small, winding peat river Mije leads through the polder and the meadow area and gives extra atmosphere to the area, in which many centuries-old, characteristic farms can still be seen.

From the parking lot you cycle to the Aarlanderveen Molen No. 4. This mill is located about a kilometer west of Aarlanderveen and is also known as the Putmolen. The mill is part of the Molenviergang Aarlanderveen and was built in 1801 to drain the lowest part of the polder, called De Put. After peat extraction, a large peat pool had formed here, which had to be pumped dry.

Another part of the same windmill fourgang is the Ondermolen, which is also known as Molen No. 1 is called. The current mill dates from 1924, but replaced a 1786 mill that burned down. The mill was built with parts from a mill that had previously become redundant in Zoetermeer. Mill no. 1 was the leveling mill and signaled the other mills to start or stop draining the polder.

You cycle further to the Nieuwkoopse Plassen, and in Nieuwkoop it might be nice to stop by the Nieuwkoopse Plassen Visitor Center. Or you can cycle further to Fort aan de Drecht. The construction of this fort was started in 1884. The fortress consists of a main building, which does not have a front building but a postern. The front wall has been well preserved, and the fort guard's house and the mountain shed have been rebuilt. The fortress is surrounded by a moat. You can enter the fortress via a reconstructed access bridge.

The Fort at Kudelstaart is also an interesting sight. The fortress was built at the end of the nineteenth century. The first earthworks took place in 1890 and the fortress itself was built in 1905 and 1906. In appearance, the fortress has been well preserved; one of the two fortress guard houses and the mountain shed are still there. The moat surrounds the fortress unchanged, although the access bridge has been replaced by two dams. The original situation around the fort has also been preserved; the surrounding water infrastructure are virtually unchanged. The rest of the polder has now been set up for greenhouse cultivation, which puts the fort in a greater contrast with its surroundings.

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# Description Distance
Café Op de Hoek (Kudelstaartseweg, 1433 GJ, Aalsmeer, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
7 (Herenweg, 1433HB, Aalsmeer, Noord-Holland, Nederland) 1.64 km
11 (Bilderdam, 2451CW, Kaag en Braassem, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 4.55 km
35 (Langeraarseweg, 2461CE, Nieuwkoop, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 7.21 km
36 (Kerkpad, 2461TJ, Nieuwkoop, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 8.27 km
42 (Ringdijk, 2461BZ, Nieuwkoop, Zuid-Holland, Nederland) 10.89 km

Place name directory

  • Aalsmeer, North Holland
  • Aalsmeer, Noord-Holland
  • Kaag en Braassem, Zuid-Holland
  • Nieuwkoop, Zuid-Holland
  • Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland
  • Nieuwkoop, Utrecht
  • De Ronde Venen, Utrecht
  • Uithoorn, Noord-Holland
  • Kudelstaart, Noord-Holland
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